The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal office, yesterday, arraigned the duo of Meng Wei Kun and Xui Kuoi, both Chinese, before Justice Mohammed Sa’idu Sifawa of the State High Court, Sokoto on a two-count charge of conspiracy and offering N100million bribe to a public servant.
The defendants were arraigned for allegedly offering to bribe the EFCC Sokoto Zonal Head, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal, with the amount on behalf of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited, which is being investigated over contracts awarded it by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of over N50billion between 2012 and 2019.
Adahzionblog had earlier reported that the Chinese men were nabbed for N100M bribe. Read also : https://adahzionblog.com/chinese-men-nabed-for-100-million-naira-bribe/
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to them. Prosecution Counsel, Musa Mela Gwani, asked for a date to commence trial and prayed the court for an accelerated hearing.
However, Counsel to the defendants, A. A. Usman, told the court that he had filed an application of bail for his clients and urged the court to grant his prayers.
Justice Sifawa adjourned the matter to May 18, this year for bail hearing and June 15 for commencement of trial.